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Ecuador may be slightly dwarfed by other South American countries, but it punches well above its weight. It’s tempting to pass through only the mainland en route to the celebrated Galapagos Islands, but our specialists would urge you to holiday in continental Ecuador, too. They’re able to help you experience all the country’s beguiling variety in a tailor-made Ecuador itinerary.

Lovers of textiles and artisan crafts can head to the animated markets of Otavalo and the capital, Quito, or observe authentic Panama hats being made in the colonial city of Cuenca. You can explore, and hike on, the geological spectacle of the almost conical Cotopaxi in the Avenue of Volcanoes. One of the feathers in Ecuador’s cap is its restored railway network, which offers visitors panoramic vistas of the Andean landscapes. Meanwhile, you’re able to immerse yourself in birdwatching and horticulture in cloudforest reserves.

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Suggested tours for Ecuador

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to Ecuador could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to travelling in Ecuador

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Ecuador. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Ecuador at its best.

  • A specialist's guide to Ecuador

    A specialist's guide to Ecuador

    See our suggestions for what to do and see in the vibrant country of Ecuador, from the Devil’s Nose train journey to the scenic Cotopaxi National Park.

  • Canoe trip to Napo Wildlife Centre, Ecuador

    What to do in Ecuador: our highlights guide

    Although famous for the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador offers the visitor a wealth of other attractions, from active volcanoes and spectacular train journeys, to UNESCO World Heritage cities and wildlife trips to the Amazon.

  • Marine iguana, Galapagos Islands

    Wildlife highlights of the Galapagos Islands

    Galapagos specialist Holly shares her top wildlife experiences in the Galapagos Islands. She looks at its unique variety of bird, marine and animal species including giant tortoise, albatross, penguins, sea lions and iguanas.

  • Monkey in the Amazon, Ecuador

    Ecuador's wildlife beyond the Galapagos: the Amazon and cloudforest

    While Scott from our Latin America team believes that the Galapagos are fundamental to any amateur naturalist’s trip to Ecuador, he’d also encourage you to consider exploring the mainland’s Amazon and cloudforest regions as part of your Ecuador wildlife tour.

  • Quito & the Cotopaxi Volcano

    My perfect trip: a grand tour of mainland Ecuador

    Ecuador’s more than the Galapagos Islands: it’s South America in miniature. Specialist Ella talks you through her ideal trip, which includes some of the country’s unsung heroes — from Andean highlands to Amazon backwaters — and her pick of its finest properties.

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